Showers Over The Weekend; Much Cooler Next Week

| October 4, 2019 @ 3:14 pm

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RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are over the southern half of Alabama this afternoon… they are drifting slowly to the southwest… otherwise it is another hot, dry day with temperatures at record levels. Most North/Central Alabama communities are in the mid 90s. The scattered storms over South Alabama will end later tonight.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A “back door” cold front will enter Alabama from the east tomorrow, bringing a chance of afternoon showers/thunderstorms, and lower heat levels (mainly for the eastern side of the state). Highs will be in the 80s over the eastern counties of the state, but 90s persist over West Alabama. Then, on Sunday, all of Alabama should be below 90 degrees, and we will maintain the chance of occasional showers during the day.

NEXT WEEK: The long awaited cold front moves in Monday with periods of rain, and temperatures holding in the 70s during the day. Three day rain amounts (tomorrow through Monday) will be around 1/2 inch… not a “drought buster”, but certainly beneficial and enough to settle the dust. The middle of the week looks dry and pleasant with highs in the 75-80 degree range, along with lows between 57 and 62. Showers return late in the week with the approach of another cold front.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tonight, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling from the low 80s at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Tomorrow, Auburn travels to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature in the low 90s. Just a one in five chance of a brief passing shower during the game.

Tomorrow evening UAB will host Rice at Birmingham’s Legion Field (6:00p CT kickoff)… just an outside risk of a shower early in the game, otherwise mostly fair with temperatures falling from near 88 at kickoff, through the 80s during the game.

Jacksonville State will host Tennessee State tomorrow evening (6:00p CT kickoff)…. there will be a risk of showers mainly during the first half of the game; temperatures fall from near 85 at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

HOT AND DRY: The last time Birmingham had a high under 90 degrees was on September 20, when the high was 88. And, the last measurable rain was on September 14, when the total was 0.34″.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

ON THIS DATE IN 1995: Hurricane Opal made landfall at Pensacola Beach as a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Back in 1995, Hurricane Opal was the first major hurricane to strike the Florida panhandle since Hurricane Eloise in 1975. Opal rapidly weakened after moving inland and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved across southern Alabama. This system weakened further to a tropical depression as it moved into southeast Tennessee and became extratropical over the Ohio River Valley on October 5th. There were 9 fatalities reported in the mainland United States, including 1 local fatality in Crestview, FL due to an F2 tornado. Insured property damage was estimated to have cost $2.1 billion.

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